Wilson's Phalarope

About the Wilson's Phalarope

Wilson's Phalaropes are small wading birds found across a wide range of the western New World. These migratory birds breed in western Canada and the north and northwestern United States. For the winter, they travel down to South America, with some birds reaching the southern tip of the continent.

As seen in other phalarope species, female Wilson's Phalaropes are larger than males, and have a brighter, more colorful plumage than their partners. Partner is also a strong word, as the females typically leave parental care of chicks exclusively to the male birds. Our Birdorable illustration depicts a female Wilson's Phalarope.

Wilson's Phalarope is named for the prolific Scottish-American ornithologist Alexander Wilson. Wilson's Warbler, Wilson's Snipe, Wilson's Plover, and Wilson's Storm-Petrel are also named after the famed bird scientist.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 22 November 2021
Scientific Name
Phalaropus tricolor
  • Charadriiformes
  • Scolopacidae
  • Phalaropus
  • P. tricolor
Birdorable Family
Units: Imperial / Metric
8.7 to 9.4 inches
15.3 to 16.9 inches
1.3 to 3.9 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) pisa-n'água
Chinese (汉语) 细嘴瓣蹼鹬
Czech (Cesky) lyskonoh dlouhozobý
Danish (Dansk) Amerikansk Svømmesneppe
Dutch (Nederlands) Grote Franjepoot
Finnish (Suomi) amerikanvesipääsky
French (Français) Phalarope de Wilson
German (Deutsch) Wilsonwassertreter
Italian (Italiano) Falaropo di Wilson
Japanese (日本語) amerikahireashishigi [アメリカヒレアシシギ]
Korean (한국어) 큰지느러미발도요
Norwegian (Norsk) Hvithalesvømmesnipe
Polish (Polski) płatkonóg trójbarwny
Portuguese (Português) pisa-n'água
Russian (русский язык) Большой плавунчик
Spanish (Español) Falaropo Tricolor
Swedish (Svenska) wilsonsimsnäppa
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